Facts

Terrain

Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Arch support

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who need arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

Price
$130
Weight
Men: 8.2oz
Women: 6.4oz
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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

Summary

We spent 7.6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

9 reasons to buy

  • Almost every customer welcomed the optimum cushioning given by the Altra Escalante.
  • The runners liked how soft the shoe’s upper felt against their skin.
  • Many users were impressed with the deliberate build of the shoe, as well as its durability.
  •  A few runners commented on the straightforward construction of the upper unit; it apparently offered excellent comfort at a low weight-profile.
  • Some admired the wide toe-box since it prevented uncomfortable rubbing of the forefoot against the shoe.
  • For most users, the shoe fits true to size.
  • One of the runners commented how well the outsole performed on the asphalt.
  • A few users described their experience with this running shoe as being ‘springy in the most amazing way’.
  • The Escalante managed to convert a good number of devotees of other brands to Altra.

4 reasons not to buy

  • A runner mentioned how the pair started to cause blisters after 200 miles.
  • Several consumers reported that the toe-box height was very low and that the tops of their toes rubbed against the upper fabric.
  • One purchaser complained that he felt ‘major knee and ankle pains’ after running in the Escalante.
  • A number of people felt that the sizing was bigger than what they were used to.

Bottom line

A good number of consumers were happy with the Altra Escalante. Many of them praised the cushioning system, its apparently soft upper unit and its general durability. But there were those who complained about the inconsistent sizing scheme, as well as the discomfort that they felt from using this shoe. Overall, the response for this running shoe was mixed-to-positive.


Rankings


Ratings

4.5 / 5 based on 44 ratings

5 star
77%
4 star
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3 star
7%
2 star
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1 star
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Expert Reviews

Experts are runners, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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89 / 100 based on 35 expert reviews

  • 97 / 100 by Runrepeat • Mark Clements • Level 3 expert

    The cushioning is supple, along with the knit upper, giving my feet complete freedom along with support.

  • 93 / 100 by Jamison Michael • Jamison Michael • Level 5 expert

    With this EGO cushioning setup and the new knit upper, the Escalante has become my new favorite Altra and one of my favorite shoes to have tried so far this year.

  • 80 / 100 by The Ginger Runner • Ethan Newberry • Level 5 expert

    Overall, I would run a marathon in this shoe, I would run a half-marathon in this shoe. I would have a lot of fun in this shoe.

  • 97 / 100 by Road Trail Run • Peter Stuart • Level 5 expert

    Overall it's a smooth, flexible and pretty enjoyable ride. There is a good amount of cushioning and very little forefoot fatigue. The standout of the ride for me has been the grip of the shoe in wet conditions.

  • 95 / 100 by Road Trail Run • Sam Winebaum • Level 5 expert

    The Escalante takes Altra into new directions. The knit upper execution, foothold and comfort is excellent. The new EGO midsole and outsole combination does, in my view, move Altra towards that "holy grail" combination of fast, springy, comfort, and soft in a big way.

  • 92 / 100 by Running Northwest • Jeremy Krall • Level 4 expert

    the Escalante paid off and I am happy to say that aside from some minor nitpicks with lacing and the basic styling, the shoe performed really well for me.

  • 92 / 100 by Running Without Injuries • Brian Goldman • Level 4 expert

    The Escalante is not only Altra’s best shoe (in my opinion), but my favorite running shoes ever!!!

  • 90 / 100 by Wear Tested • Nicholas Pang • Level 3 expert

    I love the engineered knit uppers – reminded me of some of the knit uppers from Nike, Adidas, and Skechers. But Altra’s version is snug and a lot more comfortable even though not as soft. But no hot spots or blisters from wearing and running in them sockless for long runs.

  • 90 / 100 by Trail And Ultra Running • Pistol Pete Stoughton • Level 3 expert

    This shoe is a highlight to the Altra lineup and I would go to this shoe for the road/crossover trail shoe or use for general athletic training any day of the week!

  • 90 / 100 by Active Gear Review • Mark Ranum • Level 3 expert

    The shoes provide a versatile, efficient package for road racing, distance training, or just getting out to enjoy the miles.

  • 89 / 100 by The Ultra Running Company • David Cross • Level 3 expert

    You can pretty much do everything in it which is pretty exciting.

  • 85 / 100 by Fellrnr • Jonathan Savage • Level 3 expert

    The Escalante is quite flexible, and the forefoot is springy; I'm not sure if that really improves running economy, but it certainly doesn't hurt. The gaps in the rubber outsole allow the forefoot to bend evenly, rather than causing a crease in a specific area.

  • 85 / 100 by Harold's Desk • Harold Fudge • Level 3 expert

    There is almost no support with a thick but soft heel cup and an upper that wraps nicely to the foot but does not offer a lot of structure and can get a bit warm. Going forward in a straight line isn't an issue but moving side to side or going around turns you will potentially slide right off the platform. Durability is good with the harder rubber of the out-sole holding up very well after a couple of hundred kilometers. Likely a modern classic in the making and if you can manage the zero drop worth having in your collection if only for the awesome footprints it leaves behind.

  • 95 / 100 by Nolan Escalante • Nolan Escalante • Level 2 expert

    I feel these shoes work for me. Maybe they'll work for you, too.

  • 93 / 100 by Run All The Trails • Ryan Delany • Level 2 expert

    The Escalante is the perfect combination of fit, comfort, weight, and good looks whether running, walking, or sitting on an international flight across the Atlantic!

  • 90 / 100 by Trueform • Paul Koczera • Level 2 expert

    They offer a lightweight, flexible run without feeling flimsy and cheap, and I feel this is achieved by utilizing a high quality knit upper and plenty of rubber grip on the outsole.

  • 89 / 100 by Nolan Escalante • Nolan Escalante • Level 2 expert

    You can go fast; you can go slow and the shoe is comfortable whichever speed you're going.

  • 89 / 100 by Men's Running • Josh Puttock • Level 2 expert

    It's extremely comfortable; you can definitely log some miles in it.

  • 89 / 100 by Run Moore • Steve Moore • Level 2 expert

    Well, looks like a skater shoe; does not look a traditional running shoe; it is infact a very scientific approach to running.

  • 89 / 100 by Flying Feet Sport Shoes • Matt • Level 2 expert

    Overall, I had a great experience in the shoe.

  • 89 / 100 by SidScheckMarketing • SidScheckMarketing • Level 2 expert

    Absolutely love them! Highly recommend them!

  • 75 / 100 by Running Warehouse Blog • Alan • Level 2 expert

    On my road runs, the rubber pods felt sticky and well placed to give a ride that feels smooth and flexible. After a 50-mile week of running in the Escalante, I noticed the wear was minimal, but like other performance trainers, I predict its durability might be limited.

  • 95 / 100 by Road Trail Run • Patrick Caron • Level 1 expert

    The ride of the Altra Escalante is a unique one. Having already put plenty of miles into this shoe, I feel like I could go forever in it. It’s light enough that I don’t feel much of anything on my foot, and the cushion to weight ratio is extremely high.

  • 95 / 100 by Spotter Up • Michael Kurcina • Level 1 expert

    The shoe provides good comfort and is mostly a lightweight mesh that can air-dry quickly.

  • 94 / 100 by Ginger Adventurez • Ginger Adventurez • Level 1 expert

    Candidly, this is the best-looking, this is the best-fitting.

  • 93 / 100 by Body Design by Brit • Brittney Motzkus • Level 1 expert

    So after a couple of runs in them and a workout in the gym, here are my thoughts. THEY’RE AMAZING! And I’m not just saying that.

  • 90 / 100 by JackRabbit • Patrick Jacobs • Level 1 expert

    Overall the Altra Escalante provided a smooth ride while giving me the feel that I could run fast in the shoe if I really wanted to.

  • 89 / 100 by Madrunner • Jeff • Level 1 expert

    This guy is sick! Amazing shoe!

  • 88 / 100 by The Run Experience • The Run Experience • Level 1 expert

    It really does offer some things which I haven't seen in a really light race shoe.

  • 88 / 100 by coachnorrie • coachnorrie • Level 1 expert

    This allows a far more natural running style.

  • 87 / 100 by Running Nerdy • Matt Mueller • Level 1 expert

    In fact, I love running in this shoe so much that I’m currently on the hunt for a light trail shoe that will give me a similar feel.

  • 87 / 100 by Back to Bare • Andrew Folts • Level 1 expert

    If you’re looking for a light, flexible, Zero Drop™ shoe that balances cushion with responsiveness, the Altra Escalante will be a worthy partner for all your road miles ahead.

  • 74 / 100 by Footsoldier • Footsoldier • Level 1 expert

    This specifc Altra isn't that good.

  • 70 / 100 by Wade Haskell • Wade Haskell • Level 1 expert

    They stopped being comfortable to me after about 7 or 8 miles and that's not good.

  • 70 / 100 by Sun and Sole • Cydney Chasky • Level 1 expert

    I’d recommend this shoe for an experienced 0mm drop runner or for casual use.

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Updates to Altra Escalante

  • The fully-cushioned Zero DropTM platform and the FootShapeTM toe-box work together symbiotically for an enhanced cushioning and efficient adaptability to changing foot movements.
  • The Altra EGOTM and the InnerFLEXTM layer in the midsole are responsible for the impressively softer feel and an advanced cushioning experience users have in the Altra Escalante.
  • The FootPodTM technology further improves the shoe’s flexibility through its strategic metatarsal mapping.

Altra Escalante size and fit

The Altra Escalante has a standard running length and comes in the standard medium width of D and B for men and women, respectively. Also, its decidedly wider toe-box makes it suitable for runners with wide feet and those who just want natural toe-splay to be accommodated.

Outsole

The Altra Escalante utilizes the FootPodTM technology in its outsole for efficient mapping of bones and the runner’s foot-tendons. This technology results in an increased natural flexibility and responsive movement.

Midsole

The fully-cushioned Zero DropTM midsole is an optimal combination of soft cushioning and light weight. It ensures weight balance from the heel to the forefoot region, thereby allowing the runner to perform more efficiently on the roads.

The Altra EGOTM provides the kind of cushioning that wins the hearts and minds of people in no time. This durable and soft material provides a responsive and springy underfoot experience.

The InnerFLEXTM enables the shoe to adapt itself to the shape of the foot for better flexibility and efficient movement during long distances.

Upper

The Engineered Mesh is a lightweight material that has a construction that’s similar to woven cloth. It’s flexible and soft. So, not only is the coverage breathable, but also smartly designed to give agreeable fit and flexibility during runs.

The Escalante uses the FootShapeTM toe-box which lets the user’s feet relax and spread out in a manner that is both natural and potentially comfortable.

The padded collar locks the heel in place and prevents the foot from exiting the shoe accidentally.

A traditional lacing system helps the upper in wrapping around the foot securely.